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  1. April 17, 2014

    Snack appetite fuels PepsiCo profit

    PepsiCo’s profit rose 13 per cent in the first quarter, as higher snack sales offset a flat drinks business, while the food...

  2. April 1, 2014

    Schulte Roth & Zabel to advise European activist hedge funds

    A leading US law firm has opened a practice in London to advise activist hedge funds amid signs that American funds could...

  1. March 28, 2014

    Top M&A lawyer attacks activist investors

    The head of one of America’s top mergers and acquisitions law firms has launched an attack on the country’s best-known...

  2. FT Alphaville

    February 20, 2014

    The Closer

    FURTHER FURTHER READING - Brad DeLong on macro’s faustian bargain. - Go west, bank bro. And Kevin Roose discusses his new...

  3. February 20, 2014

    Pepsi / Coke: cola wars

    The Pepsi Challenge ads from years ago had consumers blindly sipping Pepsi and Coke and then indicating their preference...

  4. February 20, 2014

    Nelson Peltz to take Pepsi break-up case to shareholders

    Nelson Peltz will take his campaign to split PepsiCo directly to fellow investors, less than a week after the US drinks and...

  5. February 20, 2014

    Danone: milk but not much honey

    It’s been a case of milk but not much honey for investors in Danone over the past 12 months. Shares in the French consumer...

  6. February 18, 2014

    Mondelez set for new cost-control strategy

    Mondelez has hired Accenture to help it implement a severe cost-control budgeting system championed by 3G Capital, the...

  7. February 13, 2014

    Pepsi shares slip after split rebuff

    PepsiCo shares fell after it said it would not split off its drinks business despite a declining US soda market and activist...

  8. February 12, 2014

    Mondelez struggles amid tough environment for food groups

    Mondelez International’s fourth-quarter earnings and sales missed analyst expectations as the maker of Oreo cookies and...

  9. January 21, 2014

    Peltz drops campaign for PepsiCo-Mondelez merger

    Nelson Peltz, the activist investor, will drop his campaign for PepsiCo to buy Mondelez International, the snacks business...

  10. December 23, 2013

    Under the radar approach works well for hedge fund activists

    After an ugly, public battle to win a seat on a corporate board, victory can be pyrrhic for an activist hedge fund manager....

  11. November 6, 2013

    Mondelez lowers sales guidance

    Mondelez lowered its guidance for 2013 organic net revenue growth as it reported lower-than-expected third-quarter revenues...

  12. FT Alphaville

    November 6, 2013

    Catalysing the Liveris function at Dow Chemical

    Question: what is the difference between these three large companies: Air Products, DuPont and Dow Chemical? Answer: Dow...

  13. August 16, 2013

    Activists keep fighting despite setbacks

    A year ago the name of Bill Ackman was a threat, the polite but firm knock at the door which meant life for sleepy...

  14. August 8, 2013

    Mondelez raises buyback to $6bn

    Mondelez International has approved a $4.8bn boost to its share buyback programme as the global snacks group spun out of...

  15. July 25, 2013

    Boutique banks: short-term gain, long-term pain?

    For all of the lamentations about a weak dealmaking environment, independent investment banks had a respectable second...

  16. July 19, 2013

    Pepsi: half nelson

    Grab some chips and a soda, and settle in. This will be fun to watch. Nelson Peltz, head of Trian Partners, made a detailed...

  17. July 18, 2013

    Pepsi chief pursues snack innovation

    While Nelson Peltz and other investors are pushing PepsiCo to split its portfolio of snacks and drinks brands, chief...

  18. July 18, 2013

    Peltz needs support for PepsiCo restructuring deals

    Not for Nelson Peltz the bombast and antics of an agitator. He prefers to work in cloistered boardrooms, gently bringing a...

  19. July 17, 2013

    Peltz urges PepsiCo to buy Mondelez

    Nelson Peltz has launched a public campaign to transform PepsiCo, urging the group to first merge its snack business with...

  20. July 9, 2013

    ‘Turnround king’ Archie Norman becomes Lazard London chairman

    Lazard has appointed Archie Norman, the executive known as the “turnround king” for his restructuring of supermarket chain...

  21. May 16, 2013

    Peltz raises stakes in PepsiCo and Mondelez

    Nelson Peltz, the activist investor, raised his stakes in PepsiCo and Mondelez during the first quarter as he met with...

  22. April 26, 2013

    Lazard profits fall 40% as M&A doldrums take their toll

    A patchy mergers and acquisitions market has taken its toll on Lazard, with a decrease in fees earned from deal advisory...

  23. April 14, 2013

    Activists hope to profit when cookie crumbles

    Activist investors are salivating at the chance to profit from the companies that make Oreo cookies and Fritos chips, with...

  24. March 5, 2013

    Heinz chief could be entitled to $56m deal

    Heinz chief executive William Johnson will be entitled to a $56m “golden parachute” if the company’s new owners fire him...

  25. February 19, 2013

    Checkout guy

    Quoted companies have to cope with unwanted shareholders, just as hotels have to accommodate unwelcome guests. But the long...

  26. February 19, 2013

    Danone cuts 900 jobs as it fights downturn

    Danone, the Activia and Evian foods group in which US activist investor Nelson Peltz has taken a stake, said on Tuesday it...

  27. February 13, 2013

    Sullivan takes helm at Legg Mason

    Legg Mason, the asset manager under pressure from the activist investor Nelson Peltz to improve profits and halt five years...

  28. February 10, 2013

    Activists eye new targets in financials

    Financial institutions face fresh attention from aggressive activist and hedge fund investors, adding another distraction to...

  29. January 16, 2013

    Wall St adjusts to investors’ demands

    It is a decade since Goldman Sachs’ payroll was regularly lower than $2bn a quarter. Now it is below that level again,...

  30. December 14, 2012

    Danone and DE Master Blenders

    Here’s a recipe to consider as you eat your breakfast. Take an underperforming consumer goods company in Europe. Add in some...

  31. December 13, 2012

    Danone targets €200m cost cuts in Europe

    Danone, the French food products group, said it would cut costs in Europe by €200m over two years to “regain its competitive...

  32. December 10, 2012

    Ingersoll-Rand bows to Peltz pressure

    Ingersoll-Rand will spin off its security business and raise debt to fund a $2bn share buyback after coming under pressure...

  33. November 12, 2012

    Danone activist whets appetite for change

    Franck Riboud received an unwelcome birthday present last week. On the day the chief executive of Danone turned 57, Nelson...

  34. November 9, 2012

    Peltz lays out mild remedies for Danone

    A 70-year-old American billionaire with 10 children might be expected to go to France to take the cleansing waters. Nelson...

  35. November 9, 2012

    Letter from Lex – election fever

    Abigael Evans, the four-year old girl who cried because she was tired of “Bronco Bama and Mitt Romney”, will be relieved....

  36. November 7, 2012

    Danone – full Nelson

    Cadbury, Kraft, Heinz, Wendy’s and now Danone. Activist investor Nelson Peltz certainly likes his food. His latest target is...

  37. FT Alphaville

    November 7, 2012

    The 6am Cut London

    Obama wins: Networks project victory for Barack Obama after Democrats lead in key states including Ohio. Democrats are...

  38. November 7, 2012

    Activist investor Peltz to take on Danone

    Activist investor Nelson Peltz has for the first time taken his fight to France after acquiring a stake in Danone, one of...

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